663ac1fbda4d074b7f22cb18 Tool1

Collaboration transfers tool information to MMS software

May 13, 2024
Fastems and Zoller partner to reduce setup times and increase tool life

Shorter setup times and longer tool life for efficient lights-out manufacturing could be possible due to a collaborative effort between Fastems and Zoller designed to transfer tool information from Zoller’s presetting and measuring products to Fastems’ MMS manufacturing management software (MMS) for a fully automated tool-management operation.  Zoller's tool identification system is designed to allow tool data traditionally stored on RFID chips to be accessed via DataMatrix  code when scanned by the company's barcode reader. Once the tool data is captured, it is accessed by Fastems MMS software, which manages the entire production process from planning to execution. Tool information is taken directly from CAD/CAM files and measured reducing the opportunity for error from the outset, especially during batch runs.

The automated system is completely digital, allowing operators to prove out processes prior to running a job by using digital twins to simulate operations within the MMS software. Once an operation is proven out, a setup sheet is sent to the shop floor communicating all relevant data to the robots to ensure proper tool placement in the right machine. Additionally, the MMS monitors tool life, ensures tools are assembled correctly, provides warning limits and stores and communicates information.

In the event a particular tool is not present in the MMS software already, a request is sent to the software on the Zoller presetting and measuring machine. An operator can then use this information to prepare that tool for production. The two systems work hand-in-hand to prepare the cutting tools for accurate machine tool placement.

“Our partnership with Zoller provides Fastems customers with a significantly less expensive and yet more accurate tool management solution for high-mix, low-batch production,” said Nathan Turner, vice president regional, Fastems. “The ability to share thousands of tools that have been preset, measured and proven out prior to manufacturing reduces tool wear even when cutting difficult materials. The right tools are consistently delivered to the right machines at exactly the right time for optimum production in the shortest time possible.”

Sponsored Recommendations

The Value of Dual Rated AC/DC Disconnect Switches

Why is it necessary for me to have a disconnect switch installed in my application?

Ultra-fast, ultra-accurate linear indexing

NSK integrates advanced automation and drive technologies to deliver high capacity, high speed, ultra-precise indexing and positioning in a compact, flexible linear actuator: ...

2024 Moxa Product Solutions Brochure

Explore how Moxa's products provide one-stop solutions for your industrial automation success. Learn how our products and solutions provide the reliability, security, ruggedness...

Boost Your Industrial Automation With Our Adaptable and Reliable Computers

Discover our brochure featuring 75 optimized x86 industrial computers for your needs. This 8-page guide offers insights on choosing the best models and achieving automation success...